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LINGUAVIVA: THE BEST ITALIAN SCHOOL IN ITALY

Linguaviva was founded in Florence in 1976 with the goal of promoting Italian language learning and everything that surrounds it. We were one of the first schools to organise study trips that combine high-level language and cultural education.
In recent years, Linguaviva has grown and established itself as a leading Italian language learning school in Italy and worldwide, receiving many international  awards.

THE LINGUAVIVA GROUP

Linguaviva offers in Italy the possibility to experience its programmes in Florence and Milan through the year and in Lignano during the summer. In our international centers in Shanghai and Tokyo we offer all around the year the same level of high quality theaching.

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A LOVE FOR ITALIAN LANGUAGE, CULTURE, AND LIFESTYLE

Creativity and inventiveness, tradition and innovation, hospitality, and an ever-present zest for life: this is the essence of the Italian lifestyle. We have always promoted this approach to personal, working, and academic life, because we believe it gifts us unique experiences.

“Our goal is for Linguaviva’s philosophy to become yours, too”.

THE CRADLE OF THE RENAISSANCE, THE CAPITAL OF CREATIVITY, AND THE PEARL OF THE ADRIATIC

Thanks to the strength of our curricula, we have been able to enhance our educational offerings by introducing a wider range of courses and expanding our choice of destinations.

In line with our philosophy, we made the decision to branch out from Florence, renowned for its rich artistic and cultural heritage, to Milan, the vibrant capital of creativity, fashion, and design. In addition to these two iconic cities, we have decided on the perfect destination for summer study holidays for young students: Lignano, Pearl of the Adriatic Sea.

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BRINGING THE ITALIAN LANGUAGE IN THE FAR EAST

The Linguaviva Group operates worldwide, with two schools in the Far East. We have a headquarters in the beautiful and vibrant city of Shanghai, China, and an Italian school in Tokyo, Japan.

Linguaviva has successfully been teaching Italian in China and Japan for many years to hundreds of students.

COMMITTED TO THE ENVIRONMENT

Linguaviva is deeply committed to the environment through our partnership with Treedom. We monthly plant new trees all aroud the world, making the Linguaviva Forest bigger and bigger, to contribute to a greater, more sustainable future. This initiative not only helps offset our carbon footprint but also supports local communities, promotes biodiversity, and combats climate change. Together, we’re making a significant, positive impact on the planet, one tree at a time, ensuring a greener world for future generations.

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OUR METHOD IS OUR GUARANTEE

Our study trips stand out because they combine high-quality language learning with exclusive experiences, all in a unique setting filled with great people and beautiful destinations. And it all comes down to our highly integrated learning method, recognised as effective by both institutions and partners of excellence.

OUR APPROACH

Two words: full immersion. This sums up our approach to teaching Italian.
Our Linguaviva courses are marked by the active involvement of students, who only speak Italian from day one. The presence of native Italian-speaking teachers, along with students from diverse nationalities, creates a highly stimulating environment that fosters and accelerates the learning process.

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OBJECTIVE: “TO BE FLUENT”

Thanks to our Italian courses you can develop all four communication skills: reading, writing, listening,  and speaking. Grammar, vocabulary, conversation: our courses cover all aspects of understanding  and speaking the Italian language. Whether you want to learn Italian for personal, professional, academic, or work reasons, choose a Linguaviva study destination or course today

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LEVELS

We offer 13 different language learning levels. The levels identified by the Linguaviva Learning Scale include study pathways suitable for everyone from absolute beginners to experts. Our language levels refer to the Common European Framework: A1, A2, B1, B2 and C1. See the table below for more information.

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Meet our team

In Florence

Alessandro

Emanuele

Alessio

Simona

Pietro

Francesca

Linda

Luigi

Manola

Elisabetta

Francesca

Stefano

Emanuela

Antonelle

Caris

Virginia

Fiammetta

Enrico

Federico

Marco

Giulia

Lorenzo

Caterina

In Milan

Cristina

Paola

Laura

Susanna

Marina

Roberta

Alberto

Antonella

Giuseppe

Giulia

EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS

With a view to combining high-level language and cultural education, our school collaborates with leading Higher Education Institutes in Italy in the fields of design, architecture, fashion, art, and music.

Our study programmes also include university entrance preparation courses for international students wishing to undertake their academic studies in Italy.

We have also signed special agreements with universities and higher education institutes for Chinese students enrolled in the Marco Polo or Turandot projects.

WHY CHOOSE LINGUAVIVA?

10 Reasons to Choose Linguaviva

1) LEARN FROM THE BEST

Over the last 50 years, Linguaviva has grown and established itself as a leading language learning school in Italy and worldwide, receiving many international awards. Linguaviva has been honoured with the prestigious STM Super Star award for best Italian language school in Italy by the leading STUDY TRAVEL MAGAZINE for five consecutive years. The Association of International Education Counselors Turkey (UED), a group of major educational travel agencies in Turkey, has also awarded Linguaviva the Best Italian School prize. Linguaviva has been honoured with the esteemed Educational Panda Award in China, recognising it as the top Italian organisation excelling in language teaching and the promotion of Italy’s educational system.

2) OUR STUDY PROGRAMMES

Our range of Italian language courses is able to meet even the most specific needs. This is thanks to an effective organisational method that allows us to offer highly customised courses. Studying with Linguaviva is therefore a unique way to explore Italian culture, beauty, and lifestyle. In addition, it acts as a springboard for further academic studies in various areas such as architecture, design, fashion, culinary arts, music, or art, as well as professional careers. We also offer unforgettable junior programmes that combine language learning with recreational and cultural activities.

3) BE OUR GUEST

Our approach is to build comprehensive and customised courses according to the needs and wishes of individual students. This applies both to learning Italian and to extra activities and accommodation needs. Our aim is to make sure you have a memorable experience that allows you to fully enjoy Italy, combining language learning with participation in cultural and social events.

4) OUTSTANDING STAFF

Our teaching staff, coordinators, and all Linguaviva collaborators are highly qualified and have extensive teaching experience. Our team’s goal is to make each student feel at home and ensure they fully enjoy their studies, activities, accommodation, and, of course, good company.

5) LEARN AT YOUR OWN PACE

All of our students take a placement test to assess their existing language skills. Based on the results, the most appropriate course of study is identified from the 13 study levels on the Linguaviva Learning Scale, which correspond to levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. During and at the end of the course, progress is monitored by tests.

6) BREATHE INTERNATIONAL AIR

Every year, over 3,000 students from more than 50 countries attend Linguaviva Italian courses. The variety of classes and study groups contributes to a particularly stimulating atmosphere that encourages, and accelerates, language learning. Whichever pathway you choose, you will breathe international, lively, and friendly air.

7) FANTASTIC DESTINATIONS

Choosing Linguaviva means combining advanced language learning with an unforgettable experience in unique settings such as the magical city of Florence, vibrant Milan, and sunny Lignano.
We also offer the option to organise multi-destination study trips combining courses in Florence and Milan. Experience the magic of Italy, learn the language, and immerse yourself in art, culture, and entertainment.

8) HIGH-QUALITY HOUSING

All Linguaviva study trips offer the possibility of choosing your own accommodation. We offer a wide range of accommodation, all personally selected and verified by our staff.
Each study pathway includes several options, including homestays, shared apartments, private apartments, and student halls.

9) EXTRAORDINARY ACTIVITIES!

An integral part of Linguaviva life is participating in fantastic experiences! By choosing our school, you will have the opportunity to learn more about Italian culture, visit iconic cities, and have fun with your fellow students. All of this in the company of expert teachers and coordinators who, like the best tourist and cultural guides, will enable you to quickly improve your Italian, allowing you to appreciate the history, tradition, and unique features of one of the most beautiful countries in the world: Italy.

10) LEARN THE LANGUAGE, EXPERIENCE ITALY

Those who choose a Linguaviva language study stay will not only to learn the Italian language, but also to immerse themselves in Italian culture, enjoy unforgettable experiences, and partake in the Bel Paese lifestyle. Learn the language, experience Italy: that’s what Linguaviva is all about!

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Quality Guarantee

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Ministry of Education
Linguaviva Group is authorized by the Italian Ministry of Education to teach Italian language and culture to international students.

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ASILS
Linguaviva Group is member of ASILS, the professional Association of Schools of Italian as Second Language which guarantees quality to all students.

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IALC
The International Association of Language Centres is an association of leading independent language schools. Linguaviva is a member of IALC and accredited through IALC Quality scheme in all areas of language school operation.

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Università Stranieri Siena
Linguaviva is accredited by the Università per Stranieri di Siena as examination center for the CILS certification.

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PLIDA
PLIDA, or Progetto Lingua Italiana Dante Alighieri (Dante Alighieri Society Diplomas), are language diplomas issued certifying the holder’s proficiency in Italian language as a foreign language.
Linguaviva is accredited by the Società Dante Alighieri as examination center for the PLIDA certification.

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CSN
In Sweden, Linguaviva Group is accredited by CSN (National Board of Student Aid) through the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education.

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BILDUNGSURLAUB
Linguaviva courses are approved for Bildungsurlaub criterias in following Bundesländern: Berlin, Brandenburg; Bremen, Hamburg, Hessen, Niedersachsen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein.

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Language Travel Magazine
The most important language travel industry magazine conducts a worldwide survey every year among study abroad consultants, educational agencies and educational providers to identify the star organization in International Education. For the Italian programmes in Italy LINGUAVIVA has won this prestigious award 5 times gaining the ST Super Star Italian School Title.

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UED
UED is the Association of International Education Counselors Turkey, which groups the most important educational travel agencies. UED rewards institutions that provide the best services for Turkish students and agents. Linguaviva has been honoured by UED of the award Best Italian School in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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Eduitalia
Eduitalia under the high patronage of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is an association of Schools and Universities that offers courses to foreign students. The Association offers students worldwide a vast selection of course offerings available in some of Italy’s most beautiful cities.

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ICB-Quality
Linguaviva has obtained the International quality assurance ISO 9001:2008 for high standards in the quality management scheme. Every year inspections ensure that high standards are maintained.

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Belta

Linguaviva is member of the Belta – Brazilian Educational & Language Travel Association – which unites the main Brazilian institutions working in the Educational Industry.
Founded in 1992, Belta is a recognized association both in Brazil and internationally and has partners from all around the world, representing more than 75% of the educational international market.

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